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European Theatre Festival Eurothalia

September 24, 2022, 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m., TMT Studio Hall

Movie screening ”Like the bird on the fence” by Thomas Ciulei & Q&A

The village of Brebu Nou (Weidenthal) in the Semenic Mountains, which only a few decades ago had a large population, has long been a ghost town.

Thomas Ciulei was born in Bucharest and studied film in Munich and New York. He has mainly made documentary films, including "Podul de flori", "Asta e", "Grațian" and "Like a bird on the fence". His films have won many international awards, have been broadcast on German public television, and the TV channel "Arte" has devoted a special to him. The subjects of his films are related to Romania and Moldova. Thomas Ciulei is also the producer of several films, including "Matei, copil miner", "Azi eram frumoasă jună" and "Dumnezeu la saxofon, dracu la vioară".


The village of Brebu Nou (Weidenthal) in the Semenic Mountains, which only a few decades ago had a large population, has long been a ghost town. Together with several other villages, Weidenthal was settled two centuries ago with colonists from the Austrian Empire. The inhabitants, German peasants and craftsmen, came from the Bohemian Forest and were called "pemi" (Deutschböhmen). Since the 1980s, Nicolae Ceausescu opened the way for the repatriation of Germans from Romania in exchange for hard currency. After 1989 the small population of 'pemi' disappeared altogether. The film is a dramatic document of this departure.

Confrontations?